7 great ways to help kick anxiety

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Anxiety is a word that is used for some types of fear, usually to do with a thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, rather than right now. Anxiety can creep up on you out of nowhere and smother you with a feeling of dread. If not dealt with it can get worse and stop you from doing you day-day activities. It can make you feel weak and embarrassed as a person. It can have many symptoms including: – Your heart beating very fast, your muscles feel weak, you find it hard to concentrate on anything else, you feel dizzy and more.

7] Know yourself

Keep an anxiety diary and write down what happens and when it happens to know more about your anxiety. It can be hard but try setting yourself small, achievable goals for facing your fears and try to achieve them. You need to address the underlying thoughts that are behind your anxiety and face those thoughts head on. You have to think about the last time those bad thoughts of yours actually happened to you. Most likely it never did and the thoughts running through your head may never actually materialise.

6] Face your fears

If you always avoid situations that scare you, you might stop doing things you want or need to do. You need to do those things to test out whether the situation is as bad as you expect (which it may never be), so you miss the chance to work on managing your anxiety. Anxiety problems tend to increase this way. Expose yourself to your fears, it can be a great way to overcoming anxiety.

5] Be Positive

Have a gratitude journal to write down all the things you are grateful for. Think positive to keep a calm mindset. Keep positive affirmations on post-it notes and place in prominent places around your home e.g. on the fridge, mirror. Look to the reason of the actions rather than the actions themselves. Enjoy and be grateful for all the things around you, even the nature.

4] Relax

Relaxation techniques can help you with the mental and physical feelings of anxiety. You try learning things like yoga and meditation. They can help teach you to breathe deeply and relax the mind. Whenever you feel anxious take your mind to a calm place.

3] Faith

Religion can give you a connected feeling to something bigger than yourself. It can provide a way of coping with everyday stress. Got to church or other faith groups to connect with the people there and they can be a valuable support group.

2] Routine

Keep you mind busy with other things. Exercise, work, and do other activities you enjoy. Have a sense of purpose and structure. Being outdoors for at least 20 minutes every day is beneficial to you, get some vitamin D and some fresh air. Nature is also very therapeutic.

1] Be kind to yourself

Be careful of your thoughts. Watch how they are talking to you, stop any negative thought patterns.  Do not worry about making mistakes, no one is perfect. Learn from them and move on. If you have a bad day, don’t worry, tomorrow is a new day. Forget about the past, it has gone. Plan for the future but remember you have no control over it. Live in the present, in the now, it is all you have.
[image from Harvard University]

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